Nottingham Forest midfielder Harry Arter has been disappointed with his time at the City Ground thus far.
According to a recent report by The Telegraph, the 31-year-old has been informed he is free to find a new club this summer, as he does not feature in Chris Hughton’s plans going forwards.
And, in a recent interview with The Football Show podcast (via Football League World), Arter discussed his spell at Forest, revealing that he has been left frustrated by the Forest manager’s treatment of him.
The midfielder said: “There’s a lot of stuff which is hard for me to understand and really work out what’s gone wrong. The change of manager, for me, hasn’t worked out. You see players move to clubs or a manager signs a particular player, then a new manager comes in and that player just isn’t for them.
“Unfortunately for me, that’s been the case here at Nottingham Forest. It’s very frustrating, very disappointing, but that’s how football can go sometimes. The game I did start under Chris, I was playing as a second striker or as a number 10 almost. That’s not my position. It was totally frustrating, that’s the best word for it.”
Having only arrived at Forest from Bournemouth in what was a £4.95m deal last summer, just how little the £40k-per-week midfielder – whom Eddie Howe claimed has “tremendous desire” – has featured for the club is indeed slightly confusing.
Over his 13 Championship appearances for the Garibaldi, all of which came in the first half of the season, the central midfielder made an average of 0.4 interceptions, 1.5 tackles and 0.7 key passes per game, as well as making an average of 22.1 accurate passes in each fixture, with these metrics culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.79 – ranking him as the club’s joint 15th-best player in the second tier.
And, while these displays have clearly not been the best performances of Arter’s career as a footballer, when considering how much Premier League experience the 31-year-old has behind him, Hughton’s apparent reluctance to play the midfielder does seem rather odd, particularly as Forest were struggling in the Championship themselves.
Having said that, while his frustrations are understandable, the fact that Arter has spoken out so openly about Hughton’s treatment of him is likely to have left the 62-year-old livid, and has surely put the final nail in the coffin on the £2.7m-rated man’s Forest career.
As such, we expect that Arter will indeed be moving on to pastures new this summer, something that will hopefully kickstart the midfielder’s career, while also freeing up a considerable amount of wage budget for Hughton to play with this summer.